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Margaret McGaffey Fisk is a storyteller whose tales often cross genres and worlds to bring the events and characters to life. She currently writes romance, science fiction, and fantasy but will go wherever the story takes her.
A daughter of diplomats, her early years were filled with many cultures, both very much alive and long turned to dust, and people who both pondered the great thoughts and were grand pranksters. Whether from wild adventures into the desert to climb sand mountains, poking around little known archeological sites, or visiting bazaars and inner cities, she came out of that time with a love of culture and an all too sharp awareness of culture clash.
She currently lives in a Nevada desertscape with her husband, and a rotating collection of cats and sons. When not exercising her creative muscles, she has been known to tame the relatives of beasts in the wild--feral cats. In a different time, you'd find her before a bonfire or with a mug of ale and a lute spinning tales for all who are in earshot. Now, though, you can read her explorations of loyalty, love, and conflict wherever you might be.
Please visit http://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com to see a full list of her available titles. While you're there, wander around the room to learn more about Margaret and what she thinks you might find interesting. You can always drop her a line through the contact form or leave a comment on her blog. She'd love to hear from you.
on May 21, 2015 :
I noticed that Ms. Fisk had regency romances and went with the second (the one you're contemplating, dear reader) because it sounded like a spin on Jane Austin's "Pride & Prejudice." My initially understanding of the synopsis proved correct and I had a very enjoyable read through a telling of tale where the characters actually develop out of their pride and their prejudice far better than the Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth of the original. Lady Barbara is far sillier than her Lizzie counterpart and her development is thus more fun to watch... although I believe that she actually misunderstands part of her own flaws. Aubrey is preferable to his Darcy counterpart, although I find him far less prideful than Barbara does.
The grammar and sentence structure of exposition passages was unremarkable but the dialog vocabulary and grammar was a real treat as some lines read as though straight from a period novel.
Not a deep read, but very good for escaping from the stress of life. The plot of her first in this series does not attract my attention, although the possible third novel sounds intriguing as the one character we've already met piques my interest. My picking up further novels will depend on how well their plot tickles my fancy, not the writing or style of Ms. Fisk as she has won me over in that regard already. I'm sure that any plot that sounds good to me (or to you) will also be a good read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)